[Coral-List] New PNAS paper: Angels and parrots structure sponge communities on Caribbean reefs

Pawlik, Joseph pawlikj at uncw.edu
Tue Mar 18 16:43:17 EDT 2014

Hi all,

I'm pleased to alert you to this week's cover paper in PNAS from my group showing that predation by angelfishes and parrotfishes structure sponge communities on Caribbean reefs.  This paper is important because it shows the effects of predation at the community-level across an entire biogeographic region - something that is rarely done in ecological studies.  It also reinforces the link between overfishing and coral reef decline.

NSF coverage at:

On a related development, a video entry on our previous report showing the effect of predation in manipulative experiments on Conch Reef, Florida, received 4th place and an "honorable mention" in the NSF-sponsored Ocean 180 Video Challenge.  You can see the video at this link:


Joseph R. Pawlik, Professor,
Dept. of Biology and Marine Biology
UNCW Center for Marine Science
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